If they can’t see you, you aren’t there. If they can’t take their eyes off you, there’s no competition.
What is the difference between these scenarios?
- You send out 100 resumes in an hour and get no response.
- You spend two days deciding who to send resumes to, send out 3 resumes, and get no response.
- You go fishing.
From a job search perspective, there isn’t much difference. If you are getting absolutely no response from your job search efforts, change something. Experiment. What can it really hurt if you completely change what you are doing 10% of the time? Can the response get any worse?
Get creative. Here are some things others have tried:
Make a trial resume each week. Do severe changes or just rearrange the bullets. Send your normal resume out to most jobs. Send your trial resume to 5 or 10 companies. Do you get a response?
Call up 10 friends and ask them to critique your resume. Send them a copy and find out what they think. You don’t have to make the changes they suggest. In addition to getting some good and bad help, you’ll be networking. They’ll know exactly what you can do and be looking for an opportunity to help you.
Call half the companies you want to send a resume to, before you send it. Ask for the person who would be your supervisor. If you get HR (Human Resources) that’s okay. Whoever you get, ask them what skills they are having the hardest time finding. If you have the skills, make them the first line in your resume, in bold print.
Once a week walk down the street in a business park and ask for the owner of each business. Whether you talk to the owner or the receptionist, tell them you are looking for a job. Take a resume and a sincere desire to help. It can’t hurt. Ask everyone you meet who they know that can use you.
Add a recommendation letter to your resume. Get your last boss or a coworker to write a letter telling how hard you work and how much you help. Make it the first page of your resume. It’s bragging when you say it, it’s proof when someone else says it.
Think. Earl Nightingale suggests spending an hour each day with a pencil and a pad of paper just thinking and listing ideas of how to reach your goal. Exercise your brain. You’ll throw most of the ideas away, but you’ll also come up with some gems. Think. What can you change that will make you stand out? What can you do that will draw positive attention to yourself? Is there any REAL risk? Probably not. So try it a few times. See what the response is.
Learn. Do better each week.
Something To Do Today
Decide what you will do different. What will you change? Try your experiment out 5 or 10 times and see what happens.